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First study of Russian meteorite ‘wake up call for humanity’

The meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February 2013 was "a wake-up call," according to a University of California, Davis, scientist who participated...

Studying meteorites may show Mars’ secret life

In an effort to determine if conditions were ever right on Mars to sustain life, a team of scientists, including a Michigan State University...

Meteor girl one in a billion

The odds of getting hit by a meteorite are pretty slim. Say, one in several billion. But a Yorkshire girl looks to have been that lucky loner, and best of all, she wasn't killed or maimed in the process. As reported by the BBC, 14-year-old Siobhan Cowton was getting into the family car outside her home last Thursday when a stone fell on her foot from the sky. The stone, which was "quite hot, ? looked very unusual, with a bubbled surface and tiny indentations like volcanic lava," the teen said. She showed it to her dad, who was likewise taken by the heavenly descender. According to Dr. Benny Peiser, of Liverpool John Moores University, the stone could have come from Mars. After some testing, the Cowtons plan to have the rock mounted in a glass case so Siobhan can keep it for the rest of her life. "After all," says poppa, "it is not every day you get hit by a meteorite."

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